Earn College Credits for What You Know
You have the opportunity to earn credit for knowledge or skills that you've acquired outside of a traditional academic environment, such as learning acquired from:
- Work and life experiences
- Community and volunteer extension courses
- Individual study and reading
- Civic, community and volunteer work
- Participation in informal courses and training sponsored by associations, business, government or industry
Credit is evaluated and awarded on a case-by-case basis and awarded for a particular course. If you can demonstrate that you've mastered the required competencies of a course, you can earn college credit. The learning must be college-level, must be applicable to the declared course of study, and must meet or exceed a "C" grade.
Ways To Demonstrate Course Mastery
How to Get Your Prior Learning Assessed:
- Apply to FRCC with a declared course of study.
- Contact either the appropriate FRCC academic department or speak with a Pathways Advisor at your chosen campus to start the Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) process. This should be done no later than the last day to drop the class.
- Pay the assessment fee ($45 per credit for Institutional Challenge Exam; $65 per credit for a portfolio)
Learn more about PLA requirements in the catalog.